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Confusion over alcohol consumption led to King's Lynn driver being disqualified

A Lynn driver was baffled as to how drinking two beers and a glass of Champagne had put him well over the alcohol limit.

Thomas French, 32, told a court that he suspects his drinks may have been spiked but admitted that he had no evidence to mount a defence.

He was stopped in his works van in the town’s Tennyson Avenue on June 19, 2021.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (49513875)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (49513875)

In custody he blew 48 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Appearing before town magistrates on Thursday, French pleaded guilty to drink-driving

In mitigation, he said he was 6ft 3in tall and found it puzzling how the three drinks had led to such a high initial reading.

He added that police had later breath-tested him again and allowed him to drive his Vauxhall Vivaro home because his reading had dropped back to 35 microgrammes.

French, of Folly Grove, was disqualified from driving for 12 months, which can be cut with completion of a rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £600 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

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